Televangelist Pat Roberson on Wednesday
insisted that the Bible condemns gay sex but advised a viewer to keep
associating with “creative homosexuals.”
Robertson, an ardent opponent of gay
rights, made his remarks during The 700 Club's Bring It
On-Line segment, in which he answers viewers' questions.
“Recently, a couple of my friends
revealed to me that they are gay,” a view wrote. “I consider
homosexual activity a sin. I do not agree with their lifestyle.
However, aside from them being homosexuals, they are upstanding men.
Will God punish me for associating with them? Should I continue
being friends with them, even though they are gay?”
Robertson suggested that the viewer
might influence the men: “Of course you should be friends, if you
can and you should by your example ...”
“You don't turn the light out just
because you disagree with somebody. The Lord's not going to punish
you for having homosexuals as your friends. But I do think that when
you read the Bible very carefully, homosexuality is condemned. And
we got a society now that doesn't want to condemn it all. But the
Bible does, very clearly.”
“You can't indulge, but at the same
time having [a] homosexual as a friend … there are some very, very
creative homosexual people. They're in the fashion industry, they're
in design, they're in various types of creative arts. And you would
almost need to leave the world not to associate with folks like
that,” Robertson added.
Co-host Wendy Griffith said she agreed,
stating that, “Love conquers all.” (The video is embedded on
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